5 Days in Paris – Day 3

5 Days in Paris – Day 3

Day 3 in Paris was very interesting.  On the evening of our 2nd day there, the metro strike began and continued into our 3rd day.  Since we stayed right outside of Paris in Saint-Ouen, walking was definitely out of the question.  Our saving grace was the existence of scooter rentals.  Paris has a lot of [...]

5 Days in Paris – Day 2

5 Days in Paris – Day 2

I call Day 2 of Paris the "look at pretty things" or "boy, that's a lot of stairs" day.  In the morning, we took the metro to the Eiffel Tower.  We bought the stair access tickets that took you to the 2nd floor.  Part of the reason why I decided to forego the elevator access [...]

5 Days in Paris – Day 1

5 Days in Paris – Day 1

Last September, Ian and I spent a week in Brussels & Paris for our wedding anniversary trip.  I have been meaning to post about the trip, but life is hectic.  While it is embarrassing that it's almost 1 year later that I'm writing this report, I bet there are a lot of you itching for [...]

Our Bedroom Update – Bye Bye Popcorn Ceiling, Painting The Ceiling Fan, Board and Batten, and more!

Our Bedroom Update – Bye Bye Popcorn Ceiling, Painting The Ceiling Fan, Board and Batten, and more!

Because of quarantine, I've lost track of all time.  So it's hard to believe that we're going on 11 months of being the proud owners of Squirrel Estate.  When we got the keys, I immediately painted the walls and trims.  Then in January, I chose an accent wall color and painted that.  In April, I [...]

Oops!… I Sharpied The Wall

Oops!… I Sharpied The Wall

One room in our house that really stumped me is the powder bathroom.  It's right off the entry, so I knew that I wanted it to look presentable since it's the first thing people will see when they come into our house.  Last November, we had the flooring replaced, swapped out the toilet and vanity, [...]

Fireplace Before & After

Fireplace Before & After

I love a good before and after, and boy, do I have a good before and after for you. Our suburb house (Squirrel Estate) has so many things that scream 90s to me - golden brass hardware, dark granite, cherry and oak cabinets.  Since that's absolutely not my style, I've been working hard these past [...]

How to add (faux) shiplap to any wall

How to add (faux) shiplap to any wall

Thanks to the Queen of Farmhouse Style herself, Joanna Gaines, shiplap is here to stay.  It's funny, probably prior to 2013, I feel like shiplap wasn't a common vernacular in home improvement, and now it's shiplap shiplap shiplap everywhere I go.  I think a common misconception with shiplap is that it can only work in [...]

Converting a doorway into an archway

Converting a doorway into an archway

You guys, I'm so pumped to share with you the completion of my arch project.  Our Philly rowhome is just a little over 1,000 sq ft.  With that said, I leaned into the small space mindset and designed it with a Scandinavian/hygge vibe.  Since our new suburban home is twice the size, I wanted it [...]

Orange Mocha Frappuccino Macarons

Orange Mocha Frappuccino Macarons

♬ Jitterbug ♬ ♬ Jitterbug ♬ Alright, folks.  It's Thursday, and it's time to make something that'll put the boom-boom into your heart.  Okay, that's the last song lyric to "Wake Me Up Before you Go-Go", I think. Last week I made Matcha Latte Macarons, and since then, I've been thinking about other fantastic hot beverages to turn [...]

24 Hr Board & Batten Wall

24 Hr Board & Batten Wall

Hi friends!  Happy Day 23049724937 of quarantine!!  I've been cranking out project after project in our new house (Squirrel Estate), and it's so exciting to see my initial vision come to life. Two months ago, I did a board & batten wall downstairs.  It made me so excited to bust out the nail gun and tackle [...]